• Snorkel in the beautiful bay of islands
  • Surf world famous waves
  • Learn about the maori culture during a village visit
  • Dance the night away in wellington

New Zealand’s North Island thoroughly engages the body and the spirit, often at the same time. This ten-day trip promises loads of both. Up here, you’ll pick up some sustainable living tips on a conservation farm and learn Maori culture straight from the source. Elsewhere, you’ll sea kayak in a secluded harbour, get a surfing lesson from an expert, and overnight on a houseboat. There’s much more, but we’ve gotta leave some surprises, right?

Trip Description
New Zealand–North Island Encompassed
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Amazing Trip! July 2018

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Great first time experience in Europe. I got to hike the Alps with a great CEO that was well organised and really friendly. I also met 9 other travellers from across the world and learned a lot while hiking 24 KM Trek's with them. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking to take a break from city life and enjoy the beauty of the Alps.
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Great Experience July 2018

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
The tour was amazing. A lot of great hikes and views travelling from France-Italy-Switzerland. Really enjoyed how organised the trip was and down to earth the people were.

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Great Experience July 2018

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
The tour was amazing. A lot of great hikes and views travelling from France-Italy-Switzerland. Really enjoyed how organised the trip was and down to earth the people were.

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A great way to see Japan June 2018

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 4.0
Great group tour experience. I was glad that I packed light! It was a small surprise to take so much public transportation everywhere. But our guide was amazing, and we saw a nice combination of classic sights and local gems.
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Great way to see Costa Rica May 2018

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Trek Hidden Costa Rica is a great way to explore the country. I feel like I got so much more out of this trip than I would have on a tour that hits all touristy spots. Very active trip, got to see a lot of wildlife, plus beach/mountains/countryside/waterfalls - so many amazing views! Would highly recommend this trip and will very likely be traveling with GAdventures again.
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Trip of a lifetime! April 2018

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Magnificent mountain peaks, stunning glaciers and picture-perfect lakes. The twelve-person tour was well organized and well paced. Our guide, Romi, was fun and competent. She took good care of us and made sure we had a good time.

Half a dozen local guides joined us along the way, contributing new knowledge and their own perspectives.

Note that there were many more optional activities than were listed on the website, including a day in Bariloche of rafting or horseback riding with gauchos. We also enjoyed a couple of home visits, one featuring a meal prepared in a traditional pot made from a plow disk. And then there was that sweet trip to the dulce de leche tasting shop... So many pleasures, big and small, in an incredibly beautiful land!

My advice: Go a day early so you can take in Buenos Aires’ San Telmo Feria, a ten-block street market that is only held on Sundays.
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Day 1 Auckland

Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Additional Notes: Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1. This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like a local winery, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands (1B, 1D)

Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal). Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night. Additional Notes: Please note: during the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkelling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat. Included Activities: Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

Day 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.

Day 4 Paihia/Auckland (1B)

Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

Day 5 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)

Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area. After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night. Included Activities: Eel Farm Visit Sea Kayaking Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 160km)

Day 6 Raglan (1B, 1D)

Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as yoga, stand up paddle boarding or exploring the many trails in the area. Included Activities: Surf Lessons

Day 7 Raglan/Rotorua (1B)

Stop en route at Waitomo. Enjoy free time to visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities, or explore this scenic area by foot. Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Included Activities: Maori Cultural Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

Day 8 Rotorua/Taupo (1B)

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 80km)

Day 9 Taupo/Wellington (1B)

Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa. Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town. Included Activities: Big Night Out Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 375km)

Day 10 Wellington (1B)

Depart at any time. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra. What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked a transfer that is NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing
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Mar-27-2019Apr-05-2019$ 1,479Yes4 spots left Reserve
Apr-03-2019Apr-12-2019$ 1,257Yes6 spots left Reserve
Apr-10-2019Apr-19-2019$ 1,479Yes2 spots left Reserve
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Apr-24-2019May-03-2019$ 1,257Yes9 spots left Reserve
May-01-2019May-10-2019$ 1,399Yes7 spots left Reserve
May-08-2019May-17-2019$ 1,399Yes4 spots left Reserve
May-22-2019May-31-2019$ 1,399Yes9 spots left Reserve
Jun-05-2019Jun-14-2019$ 1,119Yes12 spots left Reserve
Jun-19-2019Jun-28-2019$ 1,399Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jul-03-2019Jul-12-2019$ 1,399Yes10 spots left Reserve
Jul-17-2019Jul-26-2019$ 1,399Yes12 spots left Reserve
Jul-31-2019Aug-09-2019$ 1,399Yes4 spots left Reserve
Aug-14-2019Aug-23-2019$ 1,399Yes18 spots left Reserve
Aug-28-2019Sep-06-2019$ 1,399Yes18 spots left Reserve
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Oct-09-2019Oct-18-2019$ 1,479Yes17 spots left Reserve
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Nov-13-2019Nov-22-2019$ 1,479Yes18 spots left Reserve
Nov-20-2019Nov-29-2019$ 1,479Yes18 spots left Reserve
Nov-27-2019Dec-06-2019$ 1,479Yes18 spots left Reserve
Dec-04-2019Dec-13-2019$ 1,549Yes19 spots left Reserve
Dec-11-2019Dec-20-2019$ 1,549Yes18 spots left Reserve
Dec-18-2019Dec-27-2019$ 1,549Yes18 spots left Reserve
Dec-25-2019Jan-03-2020$ 1,549Yes19 spots left Reserve
Jan-01-2020Jan-10-2020$ 1,549Yes20 spots left Reserve
Jan-05-2020Jan-14-2020$ 1,549Yes20 spots left Reserve
Jan-08-2020Jan-17-2020$ 1,549Yes19 spots left Reserve
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Feb-05-2020Feb-14-2020$ 1,549Yes20 spots left Reserve
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Feb-16-2020Feb-25-2020$ 1,549Yes18 spots left Reserve
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Feb-26-2020Mar-06-2020$ 1,549Yes20 spots left Reserve
Mar-04-2020Mar-13-2020$ 1,479Yes19 spots left Reserve
Mar-11-2020Mar-20-2020$ 1,479Yes19 spots left Reserve
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Jul-08-2020Jul-17-2020$ 1,399Yes19 spots left Reserve
Jul-22-2020Jul-31-2020$ 1,399Yes20 spots left Reserve
Aug-05-2020Aug-14-2020$ 1,399Yes20 spots left Reserve
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Sep-02-2020Sep-11-2020$ 1,399Yes20 spots left Reserve
Sep-16-2020Sep-25-2020$ 1,399Yes20 spots left Reserve
Sep-30-2020Oct-09-2020$ 1,399Yes20 spots left Reserve
Oct-14-2020Oct-23-2020$ 1,479Yes20 spots left Reserve
Oct-21-2020Oct-30-2020$ 1,479Yes20 spots left Reserve
Oct-28-2020Nov-06-2020$ 1,479Yes20 spots left Reserve
Nov-04-2020Nov-13-2020$ 1,479Yes19 spots left Reserve
Nov-11-2020Nov-20-2020$ 1,479Yes19 spots left Reserve
Nov-18-2020Nov-27-2020$ 1,479Yes20 spots left Reserve
Nov-22-2020Dec-01-2020$ 1,479Yes20 spots left Reserve
Nov-25-2020Dec-04-2020$ 1,479Yes20 spots left Reserve
Dec-02-2020Dec-11-2020$ 1,549Yes20 spots left Reserve
Dec-09-2020Dec-18-2020$ 1,549Yes20 spots left Reserve
Dec-16-2020Dec-25-2020$ 1,549Yes19 spots left Reserve
Dec-20-2020Dec-29-2020$ 1,549Yes18 spots left Reserve
Dec-23-2020Jan-01-2021$ 1,549Yes20 spots left Reserve
Dec-30-2020Jan-08-2021$ 1,549Yes20 spots left Reserve
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Trip Includes
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Surf Lessons
  • Raglan Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington
  • Overnight houseboat excursion with onboard activities including snorkelling
  • fishing
  • and kayaking (Bay of Islands)
  • Conservation farm visit (Raglan)
  • Sea kayaking excursion (Raglan)
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Orientation walk in Wellington
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate vehicle, kayak, walkingOur vans are mini-coaches. Occasionally with smaller group sizes we will use smaller, equally comfortable 13-seater vehicles. All mini-coaches tow a trailer for luggage and camping equipment (when needed). All groups have one CEO/Driver. The vehicles are factory built with comfortable seats and air-conditioning. It is mandatory to wear a seatbelt while riding in our vehicles.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 20
Max 20, avg 16

Solo Notes

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hostels (6 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (2 nts). Most nights are multi-share.
Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is very common in New Zealand and is the way you will be spending most of your nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip. Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in New Zealand, couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations. Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Towels and soap are not always provided at overnight stops, so it's best to bring your own for bathing. Bathroom and showering facilities are shared and are very rarely en-suite. PRE/POST ACCOMMODATION: If booking additional nights before or after your tour, accommodation will be multi-share on a mixed gender basis.
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Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. This tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour after your trip concludes. 2. Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to. 3. Over public holidays in Australia and New Zealand (such as Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, and Anzac Day) there may be some limitations of services and disruptions to schedules. In general our tours still operate effectively over public holidays, but there may be closures of optional activities and restaurants, and slight itinerary adjustments in order to provide all tour inclusions.


Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets. Please note that most included breakfasts will consist of cereal, milk, bread and spreads, juice, tea and instant coffee. Having a simple breakfast together most days allows us the flexibility to get on the road early and get from point A to B all that much faster.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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